Here’s an enthralling activity for pre-schoolers. Not only is it a great activity to tackle together, but it provides a springboard for all sorts of learning opportunities as you explore the world of nature together.
This cheap-and-cheerful kitchen gardening project looks at how plants grow. It takes a humble onion, and brings it to life on your windowsill.
As it’s quick-growing it’s perfect for younger children, who’ll see visible growth day by day. They’ll be spellbound watching how a plant’s root system develops and how it sprouts leaves at the top.
Simple and educational! Here’s what you do …
What you need :
- an onion
- a jar or glass with a neck wide enough for the onion to sit comfortably on
What you do :
- Fill the container with water
- Stand the onion on the top – root side downwards – making sure its roots touch the water
- Place the jar on a windowsill
- Top up with water, never letting the level drop below the roots
- Watch the onion come to life over the following days
What you’ll see :
The onion will start to grow a beard of fresh, white roots down into the water, while sending up new, green shoots from its crown.
For added fun, why not let your toddler personalise the onion with a funny face?